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« on: June 26, 2022, 19:35:01 PM »
Hello - ex sewer here. My grandmother was a dressmaker and mother used to make all our clothes when my sister and I were little. And I used to make all mine when I was a teenager - nearly 50 years ago! - but none since.

I really need some advice please - of the haberdashery rather than sewing variety. I've bought this gorgeous dress for my niece's wedding but sadly the back is so low my bra strap shows - and I'm neither young, skinny or flat chested to go without a bra!

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Any suggestions before I return it? Could I pin it? Tie it together with ribbons? Wear it with a woolly vest? Keep it together with a nappy pin?? Thank you  :)
« Last Edit: June 27, 2022, 08:05:11 AM by Iminei »


Re: Hello
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2022, 19:51:57 PM »
Actually, the first thing I would try really would be a safety pin - not a very big one - to see how it looks with the crossover held together a little higher up.  It just might be that simple!

Oh, and hello!   :bye:
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Re: Hello
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2022, 19:56:23 PM »
Welcome to TSP, @cryptic_curls

You can buy converter straps for this problem which might be a bit more secure than ribbons or safety pins. There’s a link to ones from Bravissimo below to show what they are like but you can probably find them from other sources.


Re: Hello
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2022, 22:46:51 PM »
Hi @cryptic_curls   welcome to TSP. 

My first thought was the same as @Acorn 's, a small safety pin.  I always have to do that with any front cross-over dress, so why not for a back cross-over?
Brenda.  My machines are: Corona, a 1953 Singer 201K-3, Caroline, a 1940 Singer 201K-3, Thirza, 1949 Singer 221K, Azilia, 1957 Singer 201K-MK2 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.


Re: Hello
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2022, 23:19:38 PM »
Hi! I'm in the safety pin camp, if not, go blinhy & stick jewels on the bit of strap that shows.
2020 stash: not gonna count, not gonna feel guilty.


Re: Hello
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2022, 23:48:31 PM »
You can get bras designed for backless dresses, ranging from clever low strap jobbies, to stick ons!
Janome M50QDC - "Jane" - Small, cute and hard working. Pfaff Quilt Ambition 630 - "Pfanny" - Pfickle. Bernina L450 - "Bernie" - Very hungry. Bernina 830 Record - "Becky"


Re: Hello
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2022, 21:08:07 PM »
Welcome! Maybe cover the bra strap with a piece of matching fabric bought specially for that purpose?
Minding my P's & Q's in Portreath


Re: Hello
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2022, 22:17:11 PM »
Hello and welcome  :)

Silver Rose

Re: Hello
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2022, 06:48:32 AM »
Hello and welcome @cryptic_curls
Still learning


Re: Hello
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2022, 10:18:30 AM »
Welcome to the forum @cryptic_curls